Empire and Information: Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, 1780-1870

Empire and Information: Intelligence Gathering and Social Communication in India, 1780-1870

by C. A. Bayly
     
 

Christopher Bayly, already established as one of the most eminent historians of his day, writes a penetrating account of the evolution of British intelligence in India. He describes how Indian spies were recruited to secure political and social information about their subjects, and how the colonial authorities interpreted, and, in some cases, misinterpreted the… See more details below

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Christopher Bayly, already established as one of the most eminent historians of his day, writes a penetrating account of the evolution of British intelligence in India. He describes how Indian spies were recruited to secure political and social information about their subjects, and how the colonial authorities interpreted, and, in some cases, misinterpreted the information supplied. This book will become a classic in the field of Indian and imperian history, and will be read by both scholar and student alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521570855
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2003
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Indian History and Society Series, #1
Pages:
412
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

List of maps
Preface
Glossary
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1Prologue: surveillance and communication in early modern India10
2Political intelligence and indigenous informants during the conquest of India, c. 1785-181556
3Misinformation and failure on the fringes of empire97
4Between human intelligence and colonial knowledge142
5The Indian ecumene: an indigenous public sphere180
6Useful knowledge and godly society, c. 1830-50212
7Colonial controversies: astronomers and physicians247
8Colonial controversies: language and land284
9The information order, the Rebellion of 1857-9 and pacification315
10Epilogue: information, surveillance and the public arena after the Rebellion338
Conclusion: 'Knowing the country'365
Bibliography377
Index401

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